Spring Is On The Way

Hi, I’ve been exceptionally busy recently and haven’t had much time to post.

Today, I thought I’d make a few comments about the weather (a safe British topic of conversation).

Like most people, I dread autumn and winter. Cold starts and dreary skies.

My favourite season is spring, especially as the evenings get progressively lighter.

This week I’ve noticed a huge difference in the weather. More light. Longer days. Earlier dawns.

It makes a difference.

Certainly, we should anticipate more cold spells over the next month or so, but spring is on the way.

Just a few of my thoughts.

Feels Just Like Winter

Drop in temperature. Hint of ice in the air.

I’m sitting in the flat wearing a body warmer, even though I have the radiator on. Apparently, the weather will get colder. Snow in London, etc.

I remain busy, working as a freelance piano accompanist, practising solo classical piano repertoire for future performances, writing and self-publishing short stories and poetry, and studying foreign languages (French, German, Russian). I have no time for the television, although I enjoy a good book. And socialising, of course,

Till next time.

A Winter Virus

Finally, I’ve succumbed to a winter virus and have spent the last few days resting at home, sleeping, taking paracetamol and piriton, and coughing away. The weather is miserable, but not too cold. I have a busy week ahead, so am hoping for a speedy recovery.

Till next time.

Bizarre Weather Here In The UK

The sky turned an unusual shade of orange on Monday afternoon, bringing to mind the French word orage (storm). One of my colleagues joked about the apocalypse, but the whole thing felt unsettling.

The following day was humid at times and chilly at other times. I’ve definitely come down with a winter bug and will take Piriton at bedtime.

Snow, At Last

At last, the first sprinkling of snow has come to London and this morning I had to take special care as I walked down the driveway to the main road.  Meanwhile, the weather is generally bleak and cheerless.  Winter. I keep busy with my preparation for the third novel, piano practice and language studies, and brave the weather for exercise when I can.

Hurry up, Spring!

Offline For A Few Days, Summer

Hi, I’m offline for a few days.  The summer heat is intense and the weather an astonishing contrast to the freezing start to the year.  I’ve finished the third draft of my current novel in progress, Silent, and am waiting to hear back.

Spring Weather And Muggy Heat

After a long winter, spring finally came a few weeks ago, but now the skies have turned mostly grey again and the weather has become humid.  I haven’t had much time to concentrate on my photos, but yesterday I caught several images in Highgate Wood, North London, while walking a friend’s dog.  For a long time, I’ve taken an interest in black and white photography. I worked on yesterday’s images in GIMP (Levels, Color Balance, Saturation and Hue), then turned one of the originals into greyscale and concentrated on the contrast.  Heady stuff.

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Nice And Hot, Spring Weather

The warm weather continues with plenty of sunshine and daylight.  Again, I took some photos on my way to work yesterday and edited them in GIMP later on in the evening.  As usual, I selected one of the images to go into my black and white photography album, as I have a keen interest in black and white photography. 

(Near Totteridge and Whetstone Tube Station, North London):

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